# What Should You Know About JELD-WEN Holding Inc’s (NYSE:JELD) Return On Capital?

This analysis is intended to introduce important early concepts to people who are starting to invest and want to begin learning the link between JELD-WEN Holding Inc (NYSE:JELD)’s return fundamentals and stock market performance.

JELD-WEN Holding stock represents an ownership share in the company. This share represents a portion of capital used by the company to operate the business, and it is important the company is able to use the capital base efficiently to create adequate cash flows for you as an investor. You need to pay attention to this because your return on investment is linked to dividends and internal investments to improve the business, which can only occur if the company is expected to produce adequate earnings with the capital that has been provided. Thus, to understand how your money can grow by investing in JELD-WEN Holding, you need to look at what the company returns to owners for the use of their capital, which can be done in many ways but today we will use return on capital employed (ROCE).

### JELD-WEN Holding’s Return On Capital Employed

When you choose to invest in a company, there is an opportunity cost because that money could’ve been invested elsewhere. Therefore all else aside, your investment in a certain company represents a vote of confidence that the money used to buy the stock will grow larger than if invested elsewhere. So the business’ ability to grow the size of your capital is very important and can be assessed by comparing the return on capital you can get on your investment with a hurdle rate that depends on the other return possibilities you can identify. A good metric to use is return on capital employed (ROCE), which helps us gauge how much income can be created from the funds needed to operate the business. This metric will tell us if JELD-WEN Holding is good at growing investor capital. Take a look at the formula box beneath:

ROCE Calculation for JELD

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) = Earnings Before Tax (EBT) ÷ (Capital Employed)

Capital Employed = (Total Assets – Current Liabilities)

∴ ROCE = US\$199m ÷ (US\$3.2b – US\$756m) = 10%

As you can see, JELD earned \$10.4 from every \$100 you invested over the previous twelve months. A good ROCE hurdle you should aim for in your investments is 15%, which JELD has just fallen short of, meaning the company creates an unideal amount of earnings from capital employed.

### Then why have investors invested?

Although JELD-WEN Holding is in an unfavourable position, you should know that this could change if the company is able to increase earnings on the same capital base or find new efficiencies that require less capital to produce earnings. Because of this, it is important to look beyond the final value of JELD’s ROCE and understand what is happening to the individual components. If you go back three years, you’ll find that JELD’s ROCE has increased from 8.5%. We can see that earnings have increased from US\$34m to US\$199m whilst the amount of capital employed also grew but by a proportionally lesser volume, which suggests the larger ROCE is due to a growth in earnings relative to capital requirements.

### Next Steps

Despite JELD’s current ROCE remains at an unattractive level, the company has triggered an upward trend over the recent past which could signal an opportunity for a solid return on investment in the long term. It is important to know that ROCE does not dictate returns alone, so you need to consider other fundamentals in the business such as future prospects and valuation to determine if an opportunity exists that isn’t made apparent by looking at past data. If you’re interested in diving deeper, take a look at what I’ve linked below for further information on these fundamentals and other potential investment opportunities.

1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for JELD’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for JELD’s outlook.
2. Valuation: What is JELD worth today? Despite the unattractive ROCE, is the outlook correctly factored in to the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether JELD is currently undervalued by the market.
3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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